Pathways and Achievement grant

Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant (AG)

This one-time, non-competitive $1500 grant is awarded to students from the 2005 grant GEAR UP participating high schools (see below) during their junior year. While students earn their award in the 11th grade, the money is held in an account and awarded upon request directly to the student’s post-secondary institution (any 2- or 4-year accredited college or university in the United States which awards an associate’s degree or higher) for up to 18 months after graduating from high school.

Apply for the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant:
1. Determine your eligibility by asking yourself four quick questions:
- Were you enrolled in a 2005 grant GEAR UP school in 7th grade?
- Are you currently a junior enrolled in a 2005 grant GEAR UP School?
- Did you have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of your sophomore year?
- Are you on track to complete the Montana University System college preparatory curriculum  by high school graduation? 
For more information please click here.
2.  Print the application below.  Complete and submit your signed application materials by October 31, 2014.
3. Continue to keep your grades up (maintain a 2.0 GPA) and complete the college prep curriculum by graduation.

2014 Achievement Grant Application


Achievement Grant Recipients, to request your award:
1.  Enroll at a qualifying campus.
2.  Print and fill out the Notice of Intent to Enroll Form.
3.  Mail the form with your final high school transcript to:

Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department
Po Box 203101
Helena, MT 59620-3101

For questions, please contact the Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or MTscholarships@montana.edu.

 

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Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship

This a competitive scholarship currently valued at $22,580, or up to $5,645 per year for four years.  The scholarship may be used at any accredited 2- or 4- year institution in the United States which awards an associate degree or higher. The scholarship is open only to students who have earned the Montana GEAR UP Achievement Grant as 11th grader,  who meet the Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship eligibility requirements, and apply during their senior year of high school.  The scholarship is awarded based upon a variety of factors including financial need, academic preparation and performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, community service or volunteer projects, the quality of response on the written application, and the quality of the project. The scholarship may be awarded over a five-year period as long as the recipient continues to make satisfactory academic progress (as defined by their college or university), completes at least six credits per semester. 

Congratulations GEAR UP Seniors!
80 GEAR UP seniors from 22 schools across Montana were awarded the $22,580 Pathways Scholarship. Click here for 2014 Pathways Recipient List. Congratulatory letters were mailed to the students April 28th, 2014.  If you have any questions regarding the Pathways Scholarship, please contact 1-800-537-7508.

PATHWAYS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPEINTS
TO REQUEST YOUR SCHOLARSHIP:
1. Fill out the 2014 Student Acceptance Form by May 15, 2014 and submit to Katie Meier, College Access Manager.

2. Enroll at a qualifying college with at least six credits by the third academic semester following high school graduation.
3.  Be Pell Grant eligible for the first year you receive funds.
4.  Have at least $1 of unmet need as determined by the college.
5.  Print and fill out the Notice of Intent to Enroll in College Form.
6. Mail the form with your final high school transcript to:

Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department
PO Box 203101 Helena, MT 59620-3101

For questions, please contact the Montana GEAR UP Scholarship Department at 1-800-537-7508 or MTscholarships@montana.edu.





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